(CNN)Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, a Republican, has died after being diagnosed with Covid-19, CNN confirmed Tuesday night.
In a statement released on Twitter, Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards wrote, “It is with heavy hearts that @FirstLadyOfLA and I offer our condolences to Congressman-elect Luke Letlow’s family on his passing after a battle with COVID-19.”
Two Republican sources also confirmed Letlow’s passing to CNN.
Letlow, 41, had announced his diagnosis on his Facebook page on December 18, writing that he was “at home resting, following all CDC guidelines, quarantine protocols, and the recommendations of my doctors.”
Days later, Letlow posted that he was undergoing treatment at St. Francis Hospital in Monroe before a statement from his office on December 23 said he had been transferred to Ochsner LSU Heath Shreveport Academic Medical Center.
Dr. G.E. Ghali, the chancellor of LSU Health Shreveport, said in a statement at the time that Letlow was in “stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit” and was receiving the drug Remdesivir and steroids as part of his treatment.
News of Letlow’s death was met with an immediate outpouring of support for the congressman-elect’s family.
“Luke Letlow is now with our Creator, but his premature departure from this world is a huge loss to Louisiana and America. Just weeks ago, voters overwhelmingly chose Luke to represent them in Congress,” Rep. Garret Graves, a Republican of Louisiana, tweeted.
“They saw what so many of us know of Luke – kind, smart, quick-witted, God-fearing, hard-working, honest and just a good guy.”
That message was echoed by New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, a Democrat, who said in a tweet, “We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow.”
“He was a promising young leader who loved Louisiana deeply. Our prayers go out to his family and loved ones.”
Louisiana GOP Sen. John Kennedy similarly tweeted that he was “heartbroken” by the news.
“For years, Luke has served LA tirelessly. More than that, Luke was a loving husband and father,” Kennedy said. “Please join us in praying for the Letlow family during this time of incredible loss.”
The United States reported 124,686 coronavirus patients in hospitals Tuesday, the most reported on a given day during the pandemic, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
The country’s proportion of ICU patients who have coronavirus also has shot up, from 16% in September to 40% last week, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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Dr. Amesika Nyaku is a graduate of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Diseases fellowship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She cares for people living with HIV/AIDS as well as people with general infectious diseases.
Dr. Nyaku has a clinical focus on providing HIV care and prevention services with integrated medication assisted treatment for substance use disorders. Her research interests are novel HIV therapeutics and improving HIV care for individuals with co-occurring substance use disorders. She is involved in HIV prevention and treatment trials through the New Jersey Medical School Clinical Research Center.